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Vietnam's children face rising inequalities: UN

As reported by AFP newswire

rural_childrenHANOI, Tuesday 31 August 2010 (AFP) - Vietnam's growth has been relatively equitable but the country's children are facing rising inequalities, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Ethnic minority and rural youngsters are generally the most disadvantaged, said Geetanjali Narayan, chief of planning and social policy for the UN Children's agency UNICEF.

She spoke at the launch of a report on the social and economic conditions of the roughly 30 million children in Vietnam.


Vietnam needs greater effort in poverty reduction

As reported by Voice of Vietnam (VOV) News on 1 September, 2010

minoritiesAlthough Vietnam has achieved much regarding poverty reduction, greater efforts are needed to ensure the benefit of vulnerable groups and the sustainability of development, said a UN expert during an official visit to Vietnam.

Magdalena Sepúlveda, an independent UN expert on human rights and extreme poverty, stated this at a press conference on August 31.

Mrs. Sepúlveda highly praised Vietnam’s efforts in alleviating poverty through programmes 134 and 135 and the social security strategy for the 2011-2020 period, which she thought should be linked well with other social policies.


Poverty - Not only a question of income

povertyTuoi Tre Cuoi Tuan (Youth Weekend) on August 18th ran an article entitled “Poverty - Not only a questions of income,” in which it presented stories relating to poverty, fighting against poverty  and self-empowerment.  The third part of the article was based on an interview with UNDP Vietnam experts Jim Chalmers and Nguyen Tien Phong:

Making yourself more powerful

“We should let people organize by themselves and take a more active role in making general decisions that might affect their lives. We often understand empowerment as empowering other people, yet forget the need to make ourselves more powerful,” concluded two United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) experts Jim Chalmers and Nguyen Tien Phong when discussing poverty of access and poverty of power – two other aspects of poverty besides poverty of income.


HIV/AIDS radio drama brings good social impact

As reported by Voice of Vietnam News on 17 August, 2010


A ceremony to mark the end of the two-year serial radio project ‘Desire for life’ was held at Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) headquarters on August 16. The ceremony was co-organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Danish Government (DANIDA) and VOV.

VOV Deputy General Director Hoang Minh Nguyet, director of the project, said Desire for life aimed to change listeners’ behaviour towards people living with HIV and focused on some major themes, including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, gender equality and domestic violence.


Vietnam's Mekong paddies dry up

As reported by AFP on 13 July, 2010.

QUE DIEN, Vietnam — The rivers that should nourish his thirsty rice paddies are too salty, and the rains are late this year. Dang Roi does not know if he will be able to salvage anything from this spring's crop.

Vietnam is the world's second-biggest rice exporter and the Mekong Delta, where Roi farms, accounts for more than half of its production.

But Roi's paddy fields in Ben Tre province are burning up during a drought which meteorologists say is the worst in decades.


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1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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